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An Analysis of the Theme Madness in Madness Is Divinest Sense by Emily Dickinson and the Tragical History of Doctor Faustus by Marlowe and the Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth by Shakespeare
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Throughout literature madness or insanity is presented to the reader as a method to surprisingly control the plot of a story In the poem Madness is Divinest Sense Emily Dickinson explains madness is divinest Sense To a discerning eye Dickinson hints that apparent madness might not be madness at all She shows that maybe the strangeness that some people see as madness may actually be cleave ruse used by a character attempting to obtain something This gain could be something temporary such as closing of successful business deal or it could be something permanent such as finding true love The gain caused by madness is clearly seen in the lives of Doctor Faustus from Marlowes The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Kate from Shakespeares The Taming of the Shrew and Lady Macbeth from Shakespeares play Macbeth Throughout The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus Marlowe demonstrates Faustuss madness in his quest for knowledge his actions with the devil and in his life after his commitment with the devil Doctor Faustus thinks that happiness can be accomplished though knowledge After Faustus thinks he has reached the pinnacle of healthy knowledge he is proud of himself but he is not content He in turn looks to black magic to fill the void which all the other areas of study have left him Still discontent Faustus takes his insanity to the extreme when he makes a deal to give his soul to the devil in exchange for several gifts a personal servant the powers of a spirit-like invisibility and twenty-four years of life with these gifts The joy of this agreement is short-lived however At first the doctor loves his newfound attributes and plays tricks on many prominent people One day after playing several tricks on the Pope the Pope puts a spell on the doctor and quickly ends his fun From this point on Faustus witnesses his life fading away and after twenty-four years of tricks realizes
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